Last night I
succeeded in installing Apple MacOS X 10.4.6 on my standard PC laptop!|
What follows are some notes, mostly for my own record, but which may prove
of use to others too. As I am based in Europe, the European Copyright
Directive applies here which prohibits the distribution, broadcasting,
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knows, or has reasonable grounds to know, that by so doing he is inducing,
enabling, facilitating or concealing an infringement of any copyright or any
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facilitate an infringement of copyright.
Therefore this page cannot be viewed by anyone who does not have a valid
licence for Apple MacOS X. If you do not have a valid license for Apple
MacOS X, you should immediately close this page in your web browser.
Furthermore, this page does not detail how to circumvent the digital rights
protection mechanisms used by Apple to prevent installation on standard PC
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to nor provide technologies which could be used to circumvent any digital
I have a pretty bog standard laptop, a
Clevo D400J Specification
。Mobile AMD AthlonTM 64 (62W) 3400+
(2.20GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, uPGA754)
||。VIA® K8N800 +
||。64-bit DDR data channel
。Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets, supporting DDR400
。1GB of RAM, based on two 512MB SODIMM Modules
K8N800 integrated S3 Unichrome
。Shared Memory Architecture up to 64MB
。128 bit graphic engine
。Fully DirectX® 9.0 support
||。One 2.5" 9.5mm(H) Western
Digital 5400rpm HDD
。One 12.7mm(H) Sony DVD-RW/CD-RW drive
。Supporting Master mode IDE , ATA-33/66/100/133 (Ultra DMA)
keyboard, Multi-Language support
。Built-in Touchpad with scrolling function
||。AC'97 2.2 Compliant Interface
。3D stereo enhanced sound system
。Virtual 6-channel audio output
。Sound-Blaster PROTM Compatible
。S/PDIF Digital output (5.1 CH)
。1x Built-in Microphone
。2x Built-in Speakers
||。3x USB 2.0
。1x Serial port
。1x Parallet port (LPT1), supporting ECP/EPP
。1x External CRT monitor output
。1x PS/2 port
。1x Headphone jack
。1x Microphone jack
。1x S/PDIF output jack
。1x RJ-45 port for LAN
。1x RJ-11 port for Modem
。1x DC-In jack
||。Embedded 4-in-1 Card Reader
||。1x Type II
||。10/100BASE-TX Realtek Fast
Ethernet on board
。Intel 2200BG 802.11b+g MiniPCI Wireless LAN
。Integrated V.90/56K MDC Modem (V.92 compliant)
。300K-pixel Video Camera module
90W AC adapter - AC input 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC output 20V, 4.5A
。Chageable Standard 8-cell Smart Li-lion battery pack, 4400mAh
275(D) x 36.5(H)mm, 13.0"(W) x 10.8"(D) x 1.4"(H)
。3.5Kg with 8 cells Lithium-lion battery
- Firstly you need suitable hardware. You need a SSE2 capable
processor, either AMD or Intel. You probably need an Intel, AMD, VIA, ATI
or NForce based chipset. You need a reasonable VESA implementation in your
video adaptor. My laptop above does all of this. You may need to disable
Legacy USB support in the BIOS to get things working correctly (FreeBSD
also requires this).
- You need a prepatched MacOS X bootable DVD image. I used
Mac.OS.X.Tiger.10.4.6.X86-HOTiSO which you can find
on binary newsgroups
or via BitTorrent.
Having burned this to a DVD, you also need a bootable Linux DVD eg; SuSE
and maybe PartitionMagic if you don't have a free primary partition.
- Make at least a 6.5Gb primary partition by shuffling around
your existing ones using PartitionMagic. It has to be primary like FreeBSD
requires. You might also want a FAT32 drive so you can access your
Windows, Linux and MacOS X files from all three systems.
- Boot the Linux DVD and go into Rescue mode. Run
fdisk /dev/hda and print the partition
table using 'p'. If there are any warnings at all, you must fix them (eg;
partition table not in order, or cylinder end not correct). PartitionMagic
doesn't always get this correct and FreeBSD's installer is notorious for
screwing up your CHS compatibility table in way you normally never notice
(as everything uses the LBA table). Change the type of your destination
partition to hex 0xaf using the 't' command. Write table to disc using 'x'
and reboot using the MacOS X DVD.
- The MacOS X DVD install takes ages. No really, ages. It's very
slow. But after ten minutes of accessing the DVD it should boot to the
installer. If it doesn't, your hardware probably isn't compatible.
- Firstly, you need to format your install partition as HFS. Run
Utilities=>Disc Utility. Choose the partition with the Journalled MacOS
type. Choose the Erase tab. Type in the name 'Apple MacOS X' into the disc
label, and hit Erase. If you get an error about not being able to read
your partition map, you have an error somewhere in your partition tables.
Boot into Linux via the install DVD and use fdisk to fix them. Remember,
your partition must be a primary one.
- Return to the installer, and keep punching Continue. Your newly
created partition will be the only option, so after choosing that go to
the next page in the wizard and make sure you choose Customise at the
bottom. In the list of installables, you can probably deselect printer
drivers and language translations but you will NEED to install the AMD and
SSE2 patches (last item).
- The installer will now verify the install disc. This takes ages (20
mins). It then installs the files, also taking ages (I reckon about 35-40
mins). Finally it'll be done, so reboot removing the install DVD.
- You should now boot back into windows. Time to install a MacOS X boot
option! Log in as administrator and copy this file
into C:\. Making sure hidden files are shown, open
C:\boot.ini in Notepad. Add the
following option to the bottom: C:\chain0="MacOS
X". Reboot. [If you have problems with this section, see
http://www.j79zlr.com/howto.php?id=6 about how to peel a bootloader
and make SURE you installed to a primary partition]
- You should now see a MacOS X option in the NT boot screen. Choose it.
You'll now get the MacOS X boot loader. Hit the down arrow key so it shows
a list. Choose the partition you installed to which will be called 'Apple
- MacOS X should now boot. However, it may fail with a kernel panic 'commpage
no match on last routine'. If this happens, it's because your CPU doesn't
support SSE3 and for some odd reason, the HOTiSO image above doesn't
install a suitably patched kernel. If this happens, boot off the MacOS X
install DVD. When you reach the installer, choose Utilities=>Terminal. Now
type 'cp /mach_kernel /Volumes/Apple\ MacOS\ X/'
which copies an AMD and SSE2 patched kernel (the one the installer booted
from) over the one on your main system. Reboot.
NOTE: I get more email about this stage than any other.
People don't read what I just said properly. Firstly, if it boots off the
install DVD and doesn't off your hard disc, YOU ARE NOT COPYING THE KERNEL
OVER CORRECTLY. I think the backslashes escaping spaces in the 'cp'
command confuse non-Unix people. What does the 'cp' command above do? It
copies "/mach_kernel" (the kernel binary in the root directory of the
install DVD) into "/Volumes/Apple MacOS X" (the root directory of the
Apple MacOS X installation on your hard drive. The install DVD searches
your hard drive for HFS+ partitions (ie; the one you created above) and
mounts each into "/Volumes" so you can access them. If you chose a
different name for the partition than above, IT WILL BE CALLED A DIFFERENT
NAME IN /Volumes). Any email on this subject which is explained by this
note I will from now on simply bin - if you still don't understand, go
read a Unix man page for bash and cp. Also, try 'cd
/Volumes' and 'ls' to see what is
mounted if you can't remember what you named your partition.
- You'll now reach the Apple MacOS X desktop. You should feel pretty
elated and excited at this point! However, there will probably be some
problems - some stuff won't work and your screen resolution will be wrong.
You may also have some warning boxes about kernel modules not loading
correctly. Make a note of which ones have not, as you may be able to fix
- Firstly the screen resolution, as it makes fixing everything else much
easier. Reboot, and when you get to the Apple MacOS X bootloader now type
'?video'. You should get a list of video
resolutions. On my laptop, 1400x1050x32 is the native resolution so now
type '"Graphics Mode"="1400x1050x32"'. If
your computer now boots with the correct resolution, time to make it
permanent - open a Terminal (in Applications), type 'sudo
-s' and 'cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration'.
Now type 'pico com.apple.Boot.plist' and
in this file, add after the other options '<key>Graphics
Mode</key>' followed by '<string>1400x1050x32</string>'.
Reboot to test.
You may at this point be done if you have really compatible hardware.
Like most though, you'll need some drivers for various peripherals which you
can find at the Hardware=>Drivers forum at
NOTE TO READERS: If you have some PC device eg; a network card
or USB device which Apple MacOS X isn't detecting, or correctly loading the
drivers, or otherwise not working, do not bother emailing me about it!
I don't know the answer - I have installed this once on one
laptop, I am no expert, please search the forums above for someone with the
same device as you do. Be aware that many devices, even if they supposedly
come with an Apple driver, may rely on EHCI or other Apple hardware only
facilities which obviously a hacked copy won't provide.
Here's what worked and didn't on my laptop:
- The onboard Realtek network adaptor just works. You can go straight
onto the internet. This is really handy for searching
http://www.osx86project.org/ for solutions.
- The right mouse button already opens context menus.
- The DVD-RW drive is recognised, and furthermore recognised as being
capable of writing to DVD's, but its firmware is unsupported.
- Sound, which is an AC97 based solution. There is an error about
AppleAC97Audio.kext not loading correctly at boot. This is fixable (see
- It doesn't recognise that I'm on a laptop, and hence show battery
options. This is fixable (see below).
- Disc i/o isn't using bus mastering DMA, and therefore is slow (6Mb/sec
versus 30Mb/sec). This is fixable (see below).
- CPU clock and voltage throttling (ie; Cool n' Quiet), which means the
laptop fan is always going. This is fixable (see below).
- The Apple key, used for copying stuff to the clipboard etc, isn't
available. Alt seems to map to the Apple key. This is fixable (see below).
- The " and @ keys, # and ` keys are swapped on the keyboard. This is
fixable (see below).
- The inbuilt Intel 2200BG wireless card isn't recognised. There is a
thread about this in
http://forums.osx86project.org/, but currently it's not going
- The inbuilt card reader isn't recognised. As it isn't supported under
Linux nor Windows XP x64 either, it likely will never be.
- USB ports were recognised, but inserting a flash disc has no effect.
Apparently this got broken in 10.4.4 and replacing IOUSBFamily.kext from
10.4.3 will fix the problem.
- The inbuilt USB based webcam isn't recognised. Probably related to the
- Sleep doesn't work.
What are my impressions of speed? MacOS X is definitely fast, much faster
than Linux (SuSE 10) on my laptop. It feels faster even than FreeBSD 6.0
which is definitely faster than Linux. It's not quite as fast as
Windows XP, and definitely not as fast as Windows XP x64 which really shifts
on my laptop but Windows does have accelerated video drivers helping it
along. One thing you really notice - MacOS X still does the flashy graphics
animations and it's never slow, even though it's a VESA driver. XOrg could
learn a thing or two here because its VESA driver is not quick and KDE does
chug when redrawing the screen.
Comparing to other Macs using
Xbench Version 1.2
System Version 10.4.6 (8I1119)
Physical RAM 1024 MB
Drive Type HTS541080G9AT00
CPU Test 73.87
GCD Loop 106.41 5.61 Mops/sec
Floating Point Basic 93.09 2.21 Gflop/sec
vecLib FFT 46.33 1.53 Gflop/sec
Floating Point Library 80.48 14.01 Mops/sec
Thread Test 75.64
Computation 53.90 1.09 Mops/sec, 4 threads
Lock Contention 126.80 5.45 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
Memory Test 78.33
Allocate 143.99 528.76 Kalloc/sec
Fill 77.31 3758.75 MB/sec
Copy 57.81 1193.97 MB/sec
Copy 72.75 1502.70 MB/sec
Scale 73.30 1514.43 MB/sec
Add 79.64 1696.60 MB/sec
Triad 79.27 1695.88 MB/sec
User Interface Test 33.02
Elements 33.02 151.55 refresh/sec
Disk Test 34.16
Uncached Write 56.19 34.50 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 55.00 31.12 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 67.91 19.87 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 61.73 31.03 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Write 8.07 0.85 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 63.10 20.20 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 65.90 0.47 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 81.19 15.07 MB/sec [256K blocks]
... where 100 is a dual 2GHz PowerPC G5. As you can see, my AMD Athlon64
3400 compares very well, being very similar in speed (apart from the vecLib
stuff which is PowerPC only). Lock contention is excellent on AMD Athlon64
processors as you can see, and really apart from the User Interface which
doesn't have accelerated graphics, it's about 75% of its speed.
Fixing the Sound (AC97)
Download this and unstuff it into
your root directory on 'Apple MacOS X' drive (Safari will decompress it for
you, but if not then use 'unzip'). Open a terminal and type the following:
<type your password>
cp -R /AppleAC97Audio.kext /System/Library/Extensions/
(at this moment, it should load without error)
kextcache -k /System/Library/Extensions
Thanks to macgirl for this improved AppleAC97Audio.kext.
Fixing the battery
Download this and unstuff it into
the desktop, which should yield a PowerManagement.bundle. Open
/System/Library/SystemConfiguration. Delete the existing one first, then
copy in the new one. After rebooting, MacOS X should recognise you're on a
laptop and display a battery indicator in the top menu bar.
Thanks to keithpk for this improved PowerManagement.bundle.
Fixing the disc i/o
You simply need to enable the driver for your IDE controller. In my case,
this was AppleVIAATA.kext. Open a terminal and type the following:
<type your password>
chown -R root:wheel AppleVIAATA.kext
chmod -R 755 AppleVIAATA.kext
Now reboot, making sure you enter -x at the bootloader for kernel options
to bypass the caches. If it worked (check System Profiler=>Extensions and
you should see the VIA driver loaded), you must now make it permanent using
the following in Terminal:
<type your password>
mv AppleVIAATA.kext IOATAFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns
After reboot it should now use the VIA driver.
Fixing the fan going on a laptop all the time
This bugged me so much I went off and wrote a driver which reads CPU
throttling states from ACPI under MacOS X and throttles the processor
according to load.
download it from here.
Fixing the modifier keys
While Alt does act as Apple key, it's easier for Windows and Linux users
if you remap them to more familiar keys. Open System Preferences=>Keyboard &
Mouse=>Keyboard=>Modified Keys and set as follows: Caps Lock: Option,
Control: Command, Option: Option, Command: Control.
Now you can do stuff like Ctrl-C, or Ctrl clicking to add to current
selection, or Ctrl-Caps Lock when copying to alias instead.
Fixing the keyboard layout (really only useful for British keyboards)
Copy this file to
/Library/Keyboard Layouts. Go to System=>Preferences=>International=>Input
Menu and choose "British (@"\|'~ fixed)". If you can't see it, log out and
log back in. Choose the option "Use one input source in all documents" and
tick "Show input menu in menu bar". Now click on the flag in the top menu
bar and choose the new layout.
Note that this mechanism doesn't entirely work for everything. For
example, my \ key on the laptop just isn't seen so I mapped it to
Windows-key Z with Shift-Windows-key Z producing |. Also, some Apple MacOS
programs ignore the input source and will give you your wrong keyboard
layout no matter what but it's better than nothing.
Making all hidden files visible in Finder
This one annoys me - I like to be able to see all my files! Open a
Terminal and type:
defaults write com.apple.finder
Add header files to Spotlight for searching
This is very useful when you're trying to track down what header files
include which others, and of course to search for stuff inside them. Open a
Terminal and type:
You want to make sure you have your hard disc controller sorted out
before doing this as it takes quite a while.
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